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At the time the Saturn Ion was first introduced by GM in 2003, it was considered the longest compact car sold in North America. Replacing the S-series, it featured a standard 140 hp engine with either a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission. The manufacturer has brought in a number of improvements and advanced technology in the past few years, all of which have added to the overall quality and smooth performance of the Saturn Ion.
There are two models in the Saturn Ion lineup, the 4-door sedan and the Quad Coupe, so named because of its two small rear entry suicide doors that add more passenger space and the flexibility of a 4-door sedan. The sedan is a great choice for families, easily accommodating four to five passengers. They are stylish and sleek, equipped with dent-resistant and rustproof panels and engineered to last and last. The Quad Coupe is sporty and versatile, with rear bucket seats, and front reclining bucket seats, with adjustable heights and headrests. Audible warning signals alert the driver to lights, brakes, and tire service interval. If you’re looking for something different, this may well be the one you’ll choose - it’s fun to drive and economical to own.
Ion Trim Packages
Both the sedan and the coupe are available with two trim packages, the Ion 2 and Ion 3, and come with the standard 2.2-liter, 4-cylinder engine. The optional 2.4-liter is only offered with the Saturn Ion 3 sedan as a part of enhanced performance, which includes anti-lock brakes, traction control, and sport-tuned suspension. Driving enthusiasts may opt for the quick response, tighter suspension, and easy handling of the Saturn Ion 3. Others may prefer going one step further with the more powerful Red Line version of the coupe. This trim level is equipped with a supercharged 2.0-liter, 4-cyl, which delivers 205 hp. Lots of power with a 5-speed manual transmission, 17” wheels, upgraded disc brakes, and a track-tuned suspension will hold much appeal for some buyers, especially for the younger generation.
Comfort and Economy
Equipped with 16” alloy wheels, as well as easy handling with good stabilization and control, the Saturn Ion performs well on the road. Averaging an impressive 26 mpg in the city, 35 on the highway (manual transmission), the Saturn Ion provides excellent fuel consumption, certainly a wise choice that will fit well within everyone’s budget. The stylish, trim lines of the exterior are complemented with the comfort and convenience of the interior design of the Saturn Ion. There’s plenty of room inside both models, with a large trunk space, fold-flat front passenger seat, center console storage, cupholders, and the advanced technology of OnStarâ navigation. Buyers can take a step up from the no-frills Ion 2 to the Ion 3, which is equipped with power mirrors and windows, a/c, cruise, and an upgraded audio system with a CD/MP3 player and pre-programmed equalizer. In addition, it has front disc and rear drum brakes, a multi-function keyless remote, tilt steering column, driver lumbar support, and warning sounds.
Many of these vehicles can be upgraded further through a wide selection of optional accessories that include a rear spoiler and rear bumper protector; locking gas cap, and ski, snowboard, or bike attachments (for those weekend getaways). Adding a sunroof or the XM satellite radio will make that drive out of town even more enjoyable on days when the weather is just perfect. For people who like to drive, commute some distance, or travel a lot, the enhanced travel package includes an inside rear-view mirror with outside temperature and compass display, as well as driver and passenger map lights.
The Saturn Ion is a strong competitor in the compact car category, modern, safe, and affordable. GM has produced a dependable vehicle with updated features such as automatic headlights on, changing with lighting conditions, daytime running lights, front fog lights, intermittent windshield wipers, and tinted glass. The Saturn Ion has earned a five-star safety rating with its well-built steel frame, front and side air bags, anti-theft and engine immobilizer, remote trunk release, panic alarm, and seat belts with pretentioners and load limiters.
On the highway, in town, or wherever you need to go, the Saturn Ion rates among the leaders in the automobile industry of today.